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South Sudan crisis appeal

Over three years of fighting have forced more than three million people from their homes. Now 7.5 million people are in urgent need of help, as South Sudan faces a devastating famine. 

The South Sudan famine is pushing vulnerable people to the brink - they're barely surviving on what they can find to eat in swamps. Please donate to Oxfam's South Sudan appeal today, before we run out of time to stop more families going hungry.

Donate to our appeal for South Sudan and help provide urgently needed food, water and sanitation to the people who need it most. You can help stop this nightmare becoming even worse for families in South Sudan.

Donate to South Sudan 

Robert Fogarty

Margaret, from Magwi county, lost her son Pasquali in Mundri and her daughter-in-law in a bus hijacking. She now takes care of their two children in Mangaten camp, Juba.

Robert Fogarty

The situation

The world's newest country is on the brink of catastrophe. 7.5 million people are in need of humanitarian help, over three million people have been forced from their homes and fighting continues to force people to leave the country at around 4,000 people a day.

Half of population is expected to be affected by extreme hunger by July. Civilians including women and children have been attacked,  and schools and hospitals have been looted and burned. Tens of thousands of people have been killed.

Many have had to leave behind their possessions, crops and livestock or sell their assets to escape and have no means to buy food, water and other essentials. 

Camps are becoming overcrowded and poor sanitation is increasing the risk of disease.

The declaration of famine in South Sudan reflects the collective failure to heed the countless warnings of an ever-worsening situation. This is a man-made tragedy, and we are running out of time to avoid it getting worse.  In over 30 years working in the affected areas, Oxfam has never witnessed such dire need.  

Oxfam's response 

In the past year, Oxfam has helped more than 600,000 people across the country by providing food and water - including almost 40,000 of the most vulnerable in Panyijar county, Unity State. We build and repair boreholes and wells, test quality levels, treat water, and train people to look after and maintain their own water supply.

South Sudan has been facing a cholera outbreak since June 2015. Despite the country being in dry season cholera outbreaks have been confirmed in nice  of 32 states, with over 4,700 active cases. Oxfam is preventing the spread of disease by constructing safe, sanitary latrines in camps and settlements, as well as community and household toilets.

Oxfam has seven humanitarian bases across the country and teams are running life-saving activities in other locations where the need is greatest. We are:

  • Providing emergency food 
  • Supporting the most vulnerable people to produce food for themselves and develop livelihoods to support their basic needs
  • Oxfam promotes knowledge of waterborne diseases and ways of preventing them. We also build washing blocks and hand-washing stations, and give out kits of hygiene essentials.
  • Helping poor and marginalised citizens to claim their rights.
  • Helping people flee violence in search of safety

Oxfam is also responding to the refugee crisis in Uganda, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad.

You can help: Donate now 

Photo: Pablo Tosco

Oxfam distributes WFP food at Mingkaman where 58,000 people forced from their homes have arrived in search of food, water and safety from the violence.

Further information

History of Oxfam in southern Sudan

Oxfam has been present in southern Sudan since 1983, providing humanitarian aid to people affected by conflict, drought and floods, as well as long-term development support to vulnerable communities. 

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